Perth records hottest ever winter day

Photo: Jon Bassett
Photo: Jon Bassett

PERTH has broken records for both its hottest August day and hottest winter day, with the mercury reaching 28 degrees shortly before 1pm.

Sunny weather was predicted today with a 27 degree maximum but Bureau of Meteorology says the temperature reached 28.7 degrees at 1.10pm.

Duty forecaster Darryl Vink said yesterday it was more than likely that today’s weather would smash the previous record, which was 27.8 degrees in 1940.

“We don’t normally see days this warm until September, it’s unusual for August for sure,” he said.

But it’s not all sunshine and roses, with today’s record temperature to be followed by rain from Thursday to Sunday.

“We’re likely to have a week of cold fronts and showers,” he said.

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Mr Vink said the monthly rainfall average was also under for this month but still had a couple of days left with the predicted rain.

“We’ve had about 77 mm so far this month,” he said.

“That will change as of the weekend, those figures would pick up.

“We would need to get roughly 20-40 mL to get up to our average but we’re still well below our means.”